Foreign language and literature teachers (postsecondary) teach languages and literature courses in languages other than English. This includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL), and both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
The foreign language teacher's job description includes preparing and delivering lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on the reading and writing of foreign languages and the cultural aspects of areas where a particular language is used. They prepare course materials, facilitate and moderate classroom discussions, evaluate/grade students' classwork assignments, assign homework, and administer/grade examinations.
A language teacher performs all duties of postsecondary teachers like maintaining student attendance records and grades, counselling students on academic and vocational curricula, conducting research and publishing findings in scholarly journals, advising student organisations and performing other administrative duties.
A master’s degree in foreign language teacher education or a doctoral degree is needed for the job of a language teacher. The required skills include being strong and effective in all forms of communication, teaching skills, social perceptiveness, inductive reasoning, patience, administration and management, leadership and organisation skills. Candidates should be investigative and artistic and need to learn foreign languages, sociology and anthropology, history and archelogy, or philosophy and theology. Being tech-friendly is desired.
Foreign language teachers find jobs in colleges, universities, embassies (as translators) and other coaching centres teaching foreign languages. The earnings are commensurate to the job and increase with experience and seniority.
A successful foreign language and literature teacher postsecondary enjoys working with, communicating with, and teaching people.
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